It is probably fair to say that the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC), since its creation under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, was never regarded with the slightest degree of affection by unionist politicians.
By this stage of the Brexit process, with just nine months to go before the official date of withdrawal from the EU, there should be firm preparations under way in key areas such as policing and security.
IT is a perverse feature of our education system that a primary school child can spot the manifest problems with the arrangements that adults have designed for their transfer to many of the north's grammar schools.
It is clear from the huge response to the release of online tickets yesterday for the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis that hundreds of thousands of people will be flocking to the three main events on August 25 and 26.
The recall of more than 2,000 patients under the care of Dr Michael Watt was unprecedented for the Northern Ireland health service but as the weeks pass, the serious issues of concern about his work have become more apparent.
When Arlene Foster lets it be known that, in quick succession, she is attending a Muslim celebration, accepting an invitation to an LGBT event and considering a trip to the Ulster GAA final, it is fairly clear that something is stirring beneath the DUP’s normally austere surface.